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New technology boost for African mining 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 7 hours ago The key to unlocking value of Kabanga Nickel and enabling the full beneficiation of new era metals in Tanzania itself is an environment-friendly hydrometallurgy process that eliminates smelting and thus slashes the need for electricity. The Kabanga Nickel Hydromet process takes ore to refined... 

Arnot OpCo plans safe restart of operations with Covid-19 in mind

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2021 Mpumalanga-based coal miner Arnot OpCo is planning the restart of its operations near Middelburg in a safe and controlled manner that takes into account measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, at a time when South Africa is battling a second wave of infections. The company says it is not... 

Ten China gold miners confirmed dead after others rescued; one still missing

By: Reuters     25th January 2021 Eleven Chinese gold miners trapped underground after an explosion were rescued much earlier than expected thanks to steel pipes supporting blockages in the mine shaft, according to state-media, as the search continued for 10 others. An air ventilation shaft, which was the most feasible way to... 

Lily mine not for sale, says Vantage as it plans restart of operations 

By: Donna Slater     22nd January 2021 Owner of the shut Barberton-based Lily gold mine, Vantage Goldfields has countered claims made by political organisation ActionSA president Herman Mashaba that the mine has received two bids by third parties that intend to acquire and reopen the mine. The Lily mine has been closed since a... 

Lily mine not for sale, says Vantage as it plans restart of operations
A dated picture of the Lily mine decline-shaft entrance before the cave-in occurred

Responsible Mining Foundation seeks ‘more ambitious’ standards for TSFs 

By: Simone Liedtke     22nd January 2021 The vast majority of large-scale mining companies are still unable to demonstrate that they review and report on how effectively they manage risks related to tailings storage facilities (TSF), and take responsive actions as necessary, despite growing disclosure on TSFs, the Responsible Mining... 

Responsible Mining Foundation seeks ‘more ambitious’ standards for TSFs
The Corrego do Feijao tailings dam collapse, in Brumadinho, Brazil.

Platinum group metals demand set to overwhelm supply balance – Davis 

By: Martin Creamer     21st January 2021 Long-serving precious metals consultant Dr David Davis has reached the conclusion, after a comprehensive study, that the demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) is poised to outstrip stagnant supply. Davis, who has spent several months carrying out a ‘deep dive’ into the future of PGMs for... 

Platinum group metals demand set to overwhelm supply balance – Davis
Precious metals consultant Dr David Davis, who believes that platinum will be next to board the price rocket.

China rescuers prepare escape route for trapped gold miners

By: Reuters     20th January 2021 Rescue teams on Wednesday drilled new holes down a gold mine in China's Shandong province, searching for more survivors after an explosion 10 days ago and preparing an escape passage for a group known to still be alive, state media reported. A total of 22 workers were trapped underground in the... 

Platinum group metals playing role in Switzerland’s green hydrogen roll-out  

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2021 Platinum group metals (PGMs), which South Africa hosts in greater abundance than any other country on earth, are playing important catalytic roles in Switzerland’s green hydrogen and green truck rollout, which is now under way. Mining Weekly can today report that proton exchange membrane (PEM)... 

Platinum group metals playing role in Switzerland’s green hydrogen roll-out
Hyundai Hydrogen Mobility CEO Mark Freymueller is interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion

By: Cameron Mackay     19th January 2021 Local foundry company Thos Begbie opened a workshop in Solwezi, Zambia, in March last year to supply and service copper smelters in the region more efficiently; however, the impact of Covid-19 has forced the company to close its workshop indefinitely. “There has been a drastic decrease in... 

Company services Zambian smelters remotely, eyes expansion
ALEX NHLAPO As the demand for copper increases, pressure is placed on the smelters and refineries to increase their production output

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts 

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2021 If you want a fuel cell, you need platinum, is one of the multiplicity of points Bernstein investment company makes in a major work just released, which shows growing and ongoing demand for platinum group metals (PGMs) and provides ample reason why metals and mining matter more than ever. In the... 

Want a fuel cell, you need platinum – analysts
Photo by Bernstein
Predicted future PGM tons heading high.

Coal price expected to average $100/t as China turns to South Africa for coal 

By: Martin Creamer     15th January 2021 China is buying South African coal at a time when analysts are forecasting a buoyant average coal price of $100/t for the first half (H1) of 2021. The purchase of South African coal by China follows Chinese relations with Australia deteriorating last year and imports of coal from Australia being... 

Coal price expected to average $100/t as China turns to South Africa for coal
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, from which South African coal is exported.

Minerals Council says industry committed to help accelerate vaccine roll-out 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2021 The Minerals Council South Africa has pledged its support for government’s vaccine rollout programme, stating that access to an effective vaccine will help reopen the economy and save lives and livelihoods. The council’s members, alongside Business Unity South Africa and Business for South... 

Minerals Council says industry committed to help accelerate vaccine roll-out
Minerals Council president Mxolisi Mgojo

Worker missing after bulldozer falls through icy pond at Suncor oil sands plant

By: Reuters     15th January 2021 A worker is missing at Suncor Energy's oil sands base plant in northern Alberta after a bulldozer fell through ice on a disused tailings pond, the company said on Thursday. It is the second serious incident at a Suncor plant in three weeks. On December 28 two workers were killed at the company's... 

Upgraded chairlift PLC panels increase safety

15th January 2021 Mining systems solutions provider Becker Mining South Africa in October last year successfully installed and commissioned its first, upgraded chairlift programmable logic controller (PLC) panel, which enhances the reliability of the Becker chairlift systems. The PLC, which was launched at the... 

Upgraded chairlift PLC panels increase safety
HEALTHY PLC The upgraded PLC is used in conjunction with Becker’s chairlift system to safely transport personnel on mines

Pandemic heightens compliance awareness

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 KBC Health & Safety has identified positives that arose during the Covid-19 pandemic, including a heightened awareness of the need for up-to-date safety, health and environmental (SHE) accreditation. “Having conducted SHE and International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) assessments for... 

Pandemic heightens compliance awareness
The capacity of classes for each course has been reduced, yet classes are offered more frequently

Community wellbeing drives sustainability strategy

By: Marleny Arnoldi     15th January 2021 Diamond company De Beers’ holistic Building Forever sustainability framework is bearing fruit, with tangible results recorded for its health-related efforts over the last year.  

Community wellbeing drives sustainability strategy
EJECTING DISEASE The company achieved a goal in 2019, called the 90/90/90 target for the human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, initially set for 2020

Remote health and safety audits gaining traction

By: Halima Frost     15th January 2021 The unprecedented impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has fast-tracked technologies and methodologies across all sectors, especially those pertaining to mining health and safety regulations and compliance, accredited certifications provider JC Auditors compliance specialist Oliver Naidoo tells Mining... 

AMCU 'dismayed' at mining fatalities

By: Donna Slater     14th January 2021 The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) reports its “dismay” following the fatality of a mineworker and the injury of another, reportedly at Harmony Gold's Bambanani shaft, in the Free State, on January 13. This, reports AMCU, is on the back of a previous fatality at... 

More sales of South African coal to China expected as prices rise

By: Martin Creamer     14th January 2021 About 600 000 t to 700 000 t of South African coal have already moved to China since the Asian giant ceased accepting coal from Australia and more South African coal sales to China are expected “for sure”, a top trader said in an interview with Mining Weekly. China’s power plants have been... 

More sales of South African coal to China expected as prices rise
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, South Africa's world-class coal export port.

Mine camps could be used for quarantine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th January 2021 The Queensland state government is considering using isolated mining camps to quarantine travellers into the state, as part of measures to curb the transmission of the Covid-19 virus. The Queensland Resources Council (QRC) on Thursday said that it would continue to work with the Chief Health... 

Two workers die at Medusa's mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     14th January 2021 Gold miner Medusa Mining has reported two fatalities at its Co-O mine, in the Philippines. The company on Thursday reported that two contract workers were fatally injured while undertaking maintenance work at an underground pumping station of the mine. 

China buying South African coal ‘could be game-changer but we shouldn’t be complacent’ 

By: Martin Creamer     13th January 2021 Normally, China does not import coal from South Africa, but 2021 has seen a shift. Shipments to mainland China were reported on Monday by the African Source Markets’ Weekly Coal Index Report. 

China buying South African coal ‘could be game-changer but we shouldn’t be complacent’
Richards Bay Coal Terminal, the port from which South African coal is exported

The essential role of platinum group metals in ‘greening’ the world needs highlighting 

By: Martin Creamer     12th January 2021 The ‘greenness’ that South Africa can help bestow on the world needs hard sell now, Mining Weekly can today report. While South Africa’s amazing platinum group metals (PGMs) continue their decades-long task of cleaning the air of the world’s cities in the autocatalytic convertors of vehicle... 

The essential role of platinum group metals in ‘greening’ the world needs highlighting
Photo by Hyundai Truck & Bus
'Green' hydrogen and fuel cells named by Lux Research as two of top-five energy technologies.

Gold mine explosion in China traps 22 workers underground -Xinhua

By: Reuters     12th January 2021 Chinese authorities have dispatched rescue workers to a gold mine in the country's northeast after 22 workers were trapped underground following an explosion, Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday. The accident happened at 2 pm local time on Sunday in Xicheng Township, located in eastern... 

New ‘green’ platinum project leaps out of starting blocks, will use 82% less electricity  

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2021 The innovative new platinum group metals mining and processing project that slashes 82% off electricity use and elevates platinum to a new high level of greenness, leapt out of its starting blocks in North West province on Monday. “We’ve commenced. The tanks are rolling,” Pallinghurst managing... 

New ‘green’ platinum project leaps out of starting blocks, will use 82% less electricity
Pallinghurst managing partner and co-founder Arne Frandsen is interviewed by Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Drone-mounted scanner visualises Finsch ore pass to determine serviceability 

By: Donna Slater     11th January 2021 Owing to the use of drone-mounted light detection and ranging (Lidar) equipment, diamond miner Petra Diamonds’ mine engineers have been able to visualise the condition of ore passes for the first time at the Finsch underground mine, in the Northern Cape. The use of Emesent’s Hovermap Lidar... 

Drone-mounted scanner visualises Finsch ore pass to determine serviceability
A Lidar scan of the ore pass at Petra Diamonds' Finsch mine provides detailed visualisation of the condition of the infrastructure

US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years  

By: Martin Creamer     7th January 2021 The creation of a minimum of 500 fuelling stations to provide hydrogen to mainly trucks powered by platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cells is planned by a US company in the next three to five years. “We believe that everyone will be within a couple of miles of a hydrogen fuelling station in the... 

US company planning at least 500 hydrogen fuelling stations in next 3 to 5 years
Creamer Media’s Mining Weekly interviews RAGHU KILAMBI, the CEO of PowerTap, a company that provides crucial hydrogen fuelling infrastructure for fuel cell electric vehicles.

Gold mine ups return-to-work protocols as Covid infection numbers spike  

By: Martin Creamer     6th January 2021 Return-to-work protocols at South Deep gold mine have been significantly enhanced to manage the sharp rise in the number of employees testing positive for the coronavirus on return to work after the festive season. Seven hundred and fifty tests have been carried out over three-and-a-half days,... 

Gold mine ups return-to-work protocols as Covid infection numbers spike
Creamer Media speaks to Gold Fields executive VP Martin Preece on coronavirus at South Deep gold mine. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Hexagon Mining installs safety automation gear at Gold Fields’ Tarkwa mine

By: Simone Liedtke     6th January 2021 Hexagon Mining has completed a significant safety installation at Gold Fields Ghana's Tarkwa mine, with more than 220 mine vehicles equipped with Hexagon’s MineProtect Collision Avoidance System (CAS). MineProtect’s operator alertness system, personal alert and tracking radar were also installed... 

Fatality halts Big Bell

By: Esmarie Iannucci     16th December 2020 ASX-listed Westgold Resources has reported a fatality at its Big Bell mine, in Western Australia. The company on Wednesday reported that a worker was struck by mobile plant at its underground mine, and succumbed to her injuries while in transit to a Perth hospital. 

60Moz Sedibelo platinum expansion, construction of Kell beneficiation plant 

By: Martin Creamer     11th December 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) producer Sedibelo Platinum Mines Limited has announced the expansion of operations at Pilanesberg Platinum Mines into contiguous deposits of Sedibelo Central, Magazynskraal and Kruidfontein – known as the Triple Crown properties – with an estimated resource base in... 

60Moz Sedibelo platinum expansion, construction of Kell beneficiation plant
Photo by creamer media
Sedibelo's Pilanesberg Platinum Mines opertional area.

Proactive second half for coal giant

By: Halima Frost     11th December 2020 Diversified miner Exxaro, one of South Africa’s leading coal and coking coal producers, tells Mining Weekly that three of its five coal investment projects started production in the second half of this year. The projects include the Grootegeluk 6 expansion project, the Leeuwpan life expansion... 

Proactive second half for coal giant
GOOD LUCK The Grootegeluk mine has proven its mettle being Exxaro's most prominent mines

Implats continues ramp-up despite pandemic disruptions

By: Cameron Mackay     11th December 2020 Multinational platinum group metals (PGMs) miner Impala Platinum’s (Implats’) 2018 strategic review highlighted that restructuring lossmaking operations at its Rustenburg mining complex and positioning it on the lower half of the cost curve were strategically crucial. These strategic imperatives,... 

Implats continues ramp-up  despite pandemic disruptions
SIDE-STEPPING COVID DELAYS Gains in productivity, safety and efficiency have resulted in an upward revision to the planned production profile at Implats’ Rustenburg operation

Transport system linking mining areas now operational

11th December 2020 As part of an expansion programme at local platinum miner Booysendal Platinum’s Booysendal concession platinum project, multinational ropeway manufacturer Doppelmayr Transport Technology has been awarded a contract for the construction of a second RopeCon system. Once finished, this second... 

Transport system  linking mining areas  now operational
IN TOTAL ORE For the expansion of the Booysendal mine, Booysendal Platinum opted for a RopeCon system to tackle the challenge of transporting 909 t/h of platinum ore

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year 

By: Martin Creamer     9th December 2020 Investment approval for the solar project at the Mogalakwena platinum group metals mine in Limpopo is expected in the first quarter of next year. “We are making progress with the environmental scoping study and the environmental impact assessment will commence following investment approval,”... 

Investment approval for platinum mine’s solar project expected early next year
Water dam at Anglo American Platinum's Mogalakwena mine.

China converting battery electric vehicles into platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicles  

By: Martin Creamer     8th December 2020 Battery electric vehicles such as municipal buses and trucks are being converted into hydrogen fuel cell vehicles by China. “China already has a very well-established infrastructure to charge batteries and run battery electric trucks. But in the north, it’s very cold and we know battery electric... 

China converting battery electric vehicles into platinum-linked hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
World Platinum Investment Council Director of Research Trevor Raymond interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Now Implats joins high-flying PGMs-linked venture capital fund 

By: Martin Creamer     7th December 2020 Platinum group metals (PGMs) mining and marketing company Impala Platinum (Implats) announced on Monday that it would be joining a high-flying venture capital fund that supports technologies making use of PGMs, which are helping the world to combat climate change. Existing investors in the... 

Now Implats joins high-flying PGMs-linked venture capital fund
Implats CE Nico Muller

Retiring Glasenberg handing over Glencore reins to Gary Nagle  

By: Martin Creamer     4th December 2020 Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg announced on Friday that he would be handing over the reins of the global mining and marketing company in mid-2021 to top Glencore executive Gary Nagle, who has served the company for more than two decades and is well-known in South Africa, where he ran Glencore’s... 

Retiring Glasenberg handing over Glencore reins to Gary Nagle
Gary Nagle, who will be taking over in mid-2021 from retiring Ivan Glasenberg, who has served Glencore with distinction.
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